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2010 Readers’ Poll

JT's readers pick their favorte artists, releases and more in annual poll

Chick Corea at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival

Voting conducted at First place winners in bold, honorable mentions are unbolded and listed in order of number of votes.

Best of All

Artist of the Year
Chick Corea

Charles Lloyd

Herbie Hancock

Jason Moran

New Artist
Esperanza Spalding

José James

Sarah Manning

Grace Kelly

New Release
Charles Lloyd Quartet Mirror (ECM)

Pat Metheny Orchestrion (Nonesuch)

Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green Apex (Pi)

Brad Mehldau Highway Rider (Nonesuch)

Miles Davis Bitches Brew: 40th Anniversary Collector’s

(Sony Legacy)

Various Artists CTI Records: The Cool Revolution (Sony Masterworks Jazz)

Henry Threadgill The Complete Novus/Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic)

Ahmad Jamal The Complete Ahmad Jamal Trio Argo Sessions (Mosaic)

Best Groups

Acoustic Group
Chick Corea Freedom Band

Charles Lloyd Quartet

Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette

The Bad Plus

Contemporary/Electric Group

Marcus Miller

Bill Frisell

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones

Large Ensemble
Mingus Big Band

Maria Schneider Orchestra

SFJAZZ Collective

Dave Holland Big Band

Vocal Group
The Manhattan Transfer

Take 6

Four Freshmen

New York Voices

Blues Artist
Buddy Guy

B.B. King

Taj Mahal

The Holmes Brothers

Best of Industry

Record Label
Mack Avenue

Blue Note



CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival

Monterey Jazz Festival

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Detroit International Jazz Festival

Village Vanguard


Jazz Standard


Best of Media

Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original by Robin D. G. Kelley (Free Press)
At the Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years on the Jazz Scene by Nat Hentoff (University of California Press)
Coltrane on Coltrane: The John Coltrane Interviews Edited by Chris DeVito (Chicago Review Press)
I Walked With Giants: The Autobiography of Jimmy Heath by Jimmy Heath (Temple University Press)

Film/Video/TV Series
Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense (documentary DVD, Paradigm Studio)
Treme (TV series, HBO)
The Jazz Baroness (documentary, HBO)

Syndicated Radio Program
Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz (NPR)
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater (NPR)
Jazz with Bob Parlocha (WFMT Chicago)
Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired (Sirius/XM/NPR)

Best Musicians

Wynton Marsalis

Roy Hargrove

Terence Blanchard

Dave Douglas

Steve Turre

Robin Eubanks

Wycliffe Gordon

Conrad Herwig

Anat Cohen

Paquito D’Rivera

Ken Peplowski

Don Byron

Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Rollins

Joe Lovano

Wayne Shorter

Branford Marsalis

Alto Saxophone
Kenny Garrett

Phil Woods

Bunky Green

Lee Konitz

Soprano Saxophone
Wayne Shorter

Branford Marsalis

Dave Liebman

Jane Bunnett

Baritone Saxophone
Gary Smulyan

James Carter

Ronnie Cuber

Claire Daly

Hubert Laws

Dave Valentin

James Moody

Nicole Mitchell

Regina Carter

John Blake Jr.

Jean-Luc Ponty

Billy Bang

Keith Jarrett

Chick Corea

Herbie Hancock

Brad Mehldau

Herbie Hancock

Chick Corea

Uri Caine

Craig Taborn

Joey DeFrancesco

Dr. Lonnie Smith

Larry Goldings

Sam Yahel

Pat Metheny

John Scofield

John McLaughlin

Kurt Rosenwinkel

Acoustic Bass
Christian McBride

Dave Holland

Charlie Haden

Ron Carter

Electric Bass
Marcus Miller

Stanley Clarke

Jimmy Haslip

Steve Swallow

Bobby Hutcherson

Gary Burton

Stefon Harris

Steve Nelson

Jack DeJohnette

Roy Haynes

Matt Wilson

Brian Blade

Poncho Sanchez

Airto Moreira

Giovanni Hidalgo

Naná Vasconcelos

Male Vocalist
Kurt Elling

Bobby McFerrin

Jamie Cullum

Al Jarreau

Female Vocalist
Dianne Reeves

Cassandra Wilson

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Gretchen Parlato

Miscellaneous Instruments [3 Winners]
Béla Fleck (banjo)

Toots Thielemans (harmonica)

Howard Levy (harmonica)

Maria Schneider

John Clayton

Gerald Wilson

Marcus Miller

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